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Next Stones tour won’t be the last

By | Published on Monday 26 July 2010

It’s a full moon tonight, so surely time for another “Rolling Stones to split” rumour? And look, here it is. Various newspapers reported this weekend that plans were afoot for the Stones to stage a grand finale tour next year before calling it a day. A source told The Sun: “They’re likely to perform in stadiums. It’s almost certainly the last full-scale world tour. The band realise that age is creeping up on them. They want to bow out on top of their game, and not short-change fans”.

Of course, some might say that if the Stones wanted to “bow out on the top of their game” they should have called it quits a long time ago, though I suppose commercially they are still as big as ever, even if the creative spark has long since been extinguished.

Anyway, like most Stones to split (or Charlie Watts to quit) rumours, there was a quick denial of this story. Ronnie Wood told reporters this weekend he and his bandmates had no intent of calling it a day, saying: “We have all agreed this won’t be the last time. Everyone’s rocking”.

Though Wood did add the band planned to “rock till we drop”. So perhaps The Sun’s source is right, but knows something the rest of us don’t.